Neeli Review & Rating
Mamtha Mohandas' Neeli is a horror comedy thriller. The film which marks the directorial debut of Althaf Rahman who has earlier worked with noted directors such as Lijo Jose Pellissery and Joshiy, also stars Anoop Menon, Rahul Madhav, Baby Miya, Marimaayam Sreekumar, and Baburaj among others in the lead roles. Dr. Sunderraj has producing Neeli under Sun Ads And Films Production banner.
Lakshmi is a speech therapist. She moves back to her native village Kalliyankad with her daughter after her husband passes away. During one night, her daughter gets kidnapped. She does whatever she can do to find her daughter and a few others come forward to help her in it. How they accomplish the mission and Lakshmi gets back her daughter form the crux of the film.
The first half of the film tries to establish the characters and the backdrop. Although it succeeds in its aim, it doesn't exactly come across as engaging. The horror scenes in the film are mostly cliche-ridden and familiar. The second half stands comparatively better. But despite a few scenes which send chills down the spine of the audience, Althaf Rahman not only fails to deliver an effective climax but also leaves it somewhat ambiguous.
Lakshmi seems to be a role tailor-made for Mamta and the actress has done justice to it. It is Anoop Menon who steals the show in this horror comedy thriller in the role of a paranormalist investigator. Baburaj and Sreekumar, who appears as two good-hearted thieves, brings in humor into the story. Zinil Zainudeen who plays a fraudulent photographer also does his role fine while Rahul Madhav cameo comes across as a decent one.
Final Verdict: Neeli is a horror comedy which manages to be scary enough but not compelling.
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What Is Neeli About?
Neeli, directed by debutant Althaf Rahman, is touted to be a horror comedy starring Mamtha Mohandas and Anoop Menon in the lead roles. The movie revolves around a young speech therapist who comes to her native with her daughter after her husband passes away. Later, a paranormal investigator, two thieves, and a fraudulent wildlife photographer come together for a common goal.
What to Expect From Neeli?
Neeli trailer promises some chills and thrills. Althaf Rahman, the director of the film who has previously worked as an associate to prominent directors like Lijo Jose Pellissery and Joshiy, claims that the film is a horror comedy thriller which remains one of the less explored genres in Malayalam cinema. It would indeed be great to see such a film unfolds at this point of time which Malayalam cinema is rife with experiments and bold attempts.
Mamtha Mohandas, who has been playing cameos and brief roles for some time, is appearing in a solid, full-length role in Neeli. Like in Sathyan Anthikkad's 2010 hit movie Kadha Thudarunnu which brought the actress the State Award for Second Best Actress, the film features Mamtha in the role of a single mother who loses her husband she married against the wishes of her family. The cast of the film also includes Anoop Menon who appears in the role of a paranormal investigator, Baby Miya who plays Mamtha's daughter, Marimayam Sreekumar and Baburaj who will be seen as thieves.
Muneer Mohammadunni and Riyas Marath who is known for penning the dialogues of Anil Radhakrishna Menon's Thapthamasree Thaskaraha has written the screenplay for Neeli. The film also hints excellent technical quality. The film has cinematography by Manoj Pillai and editing by V Sajan. The music for the film is composed by Sharreth Vasudevan. Popular singer Bombay Jaysree has lent her voice for a song in the film which is a soulful melody. In short, Neeli is likely to impress and scare the daylights out of you at once!
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